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Nemawashi in November: pine cone

Nemawashi in November

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We recently welcomed a few new members to the team, perhaps the most Niwaki* of us all: a family of pine trees, nurtured and pruned for many years by Jake at the top secret Niwaki equivalent of Area 51, transported to Semley by Niwaki Will and now immeasurably improving the otherwise drab exterior of the Niwaki HQ warehouse.

There’s a Japanese word for moving trees: nemawashi. In fact, nemawashi has a slightly more specific meaning: it literally means digging around or turning the roots, which, obviously, is what you need to do if you want to move a tree, but it also implies a level of care and respect for the all-important subterranean structure of the tree.

Ueneko Holster (shumatsu + key)

Ueneko Holster: handmade, artisan leather holster with a storage pocket

Christmas Card: Northern Lights by Natsko Seki

Christmas Card: Northern Lights by Natsko Seki

Fridge Magnet Scissors • Carrot

Fridge Magnet Scissors • Carrot: stocking filler par excellence

Niwaki HQ Workshops: Wreath-Making • Thursday 1 December 2022

Niwaki HQ Workshops: Wreath-Making • Thursday 1 December 2022

Christmas Gift Ideas from Niwaki

Gift Ideas

Whether you’re planning to delight your dearly beloved, tame a truculent aunt or please a pernickety parent-in-law, Niwaki may have just the thing. Here’s a selection of really useful gift ideas to get you started:

All six Japanese vegetable and herb seeds, including Kabu, Mizuna, Nasu, Kyuri, Red Shiso and Daikon


Niwaki GR Higurashi + Single Holster (composite)

Higurashi GR Secateurs + Single Leather Holster: new handles on an old favourite

Niwaki Carbon Santoku Japanese Kitchen Knife

Niwaki Carbon Santoku Japanese Kitchen Knife: the sprouts don’t stand a chance

Niwaki Shumatsu Secateurs

Shumatsu Secateurs: dimpled handles and razor sharp blades

Florist’s Gift Set • Sentei Garden Scissors

Sentei Garden Scissors, for precise cuts at home and in the garden

Niwaki 38 Chiltern Street W1

Niwaki Chiltern Street

Niwaki Showroom at No.7 Chaldicott Barns, Semley


Niwaki Japan Tokyo Kagurazaka


Niwaki Japan

You’re guaranteed a warm welcome from Minori and Yuri at our Tokyo outpost in Kagurazaka, not far from Shinjuku.

Japanese Garden Tools from Niwaki

Japanese Garden Tools

Whether you’re cloud pruning a Taxus baccata (that’s yew to you), planting bulbs in the window box of a top floor balcony or keeping your houseplants neat and tidy, Niwaki probably has a tool to make the job easier and, dare we say it, a little more pleasurable.

Gardening is held in high-esteem in Japan, and the quality and thoughtful design of our secateurs, pruning saws, spades, shears – everything, really – reflect this. Click to browse the whole range and discover your next “how did I live without that?” tool.

Niwaki Tripod Ladders the original tripod ladders from Japan

Japanese Tripod Ladders

The original and best Japanese Tripod Ladder. Lightweight, finished to a high standard and, most importantly, safe. Three legs and a wide base provide incredible stability, even on slopes and steps. Perfect for hedges, topiary, fruit trees and all other garden and DIY jobs where you need to work safely at height.

Our unique spring-loaded leg pin and platform top step are two of the reasons Niwaki Original Tripod ladders are the professional gardener’s ladder of choice. Try one for yourself and find out what all the fuss is about.

Japanese kitchen knife by Masashi Kobo for Niwaki


Japanese kitchen knives have a reputation for being among the best in the world, but don’t let the hype obscure their practicality. Niwaki stocks knives for all budgets and levels of enthusiasm, from the entry-level Niwaki Mainichi range (Santoku, Gyoto, Nakiri and Petty) which marries Japanese steel with Western-style handles, to the hand-finished-in-a-tiny-Sanjo-workshop majesty of the Masashi Kobo Damascus knives.

Click to browse the whole range, and feel free to give us a call or drop us an email if you would like to know more.

Great gear from Japan - Apron and Shokunin Tool Bag


All the gear and no idea? Sounds like you need more gear! Over the years, we’ve steadily added to a diverse range of clothing, footwear, bags, Japanese pocket knives and other accessories for you and your tools, all with the common denominators of quality and practicality.

From Metal Tool Boxes to Kojima Indigo Denim Work Trousers, and Takumi Ripstop Work Suits to our ever-popular Niwaki Gardening Gloves, we’re certain you’ll find something that will make your life easier, and maybe a little more stylish to boot (we sell them too - check out the Tabi Work Boots and the Niwaki Rubber Boot). Explore the full range here.